I can not fold fitted sheets. You know, the ones with the elastic pockets in the corner. I am willing to fold them, but I am not able to do it and make them look nice.
I can cook. I understand how to read the recipe and combine ingredients to make something edible. I am able to make meals, but I'm not always willing to do so.
My son knows how to use the vacuum cleaner. He has the ability to clean the carpets, but he is not always willing.
I am willing and eager to make repairs around the house, but my husband doesn't believe I am able. (smiles)
I am able to share the love of Christ with others, but I'm not always willing to do it.
What if we were both willing and able to do what God commanded?
On Mount Sinai, God gave Moses the instructions to build the Tabernacle and all the articles associated with it. Moses gave the command for the people of Israel to gather the items necessary to complete the task. Everyone was suppose to bring what they were willing to give. The people had the gold, silver, and bronze thanks to the Egyptians (Exodus 12:35-36). They had the ability to give, but were they willing?
Then Moses gave an order and they sent this word throughout the camp: “No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary.” And so the people were restrained from bringing more, because what they already had was more than enough to do all the work (Exodus 36:6-7).
What would happen in our churches if we were willing to give as much as we were able? The homeless would find shelter, the poor would have food, and the lost and dying would find their Savior.
Now Moses had all the necessary items to complete the tabernacle, but someone needed to craft the work. God chose Bezalet and Oholiab, and gave them ability to do all kinds of work as craftsman, designers, embroiderers and weavers. God also gave them the ability to teach others. Through the Spirit of God, these men were able to complete the work. But were they willing?
Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab along with all whom God had gifted with ability (able) to work skillfully with their hands. The men were eager (willing) to get started and engage in the work (Exodus 36:2).
What would happen in our churches if we were willing to do the work that we are able to do? Every ministry need in our church would be filled. We would have 100% of the people involved, instead of the normal 20% of the people doing 80% of the work. Just think of what we could accomplish for the Kingdom.
What has God called you to do that you aren't doing yet? If God has called you, then you are more than able. He's just waiting for you to be willing.
Are you willing and able?